Cat outside flat
I went down to see what the situation was in the block that the complainant from today had been complaining about.
There were four sterilised cats - none in the void deck, but hiding in the bushes nearby. I also went to speak with the residents. Quite a few of them said that the cats were running around upstairs. One specifically asked me not to have the cats killed though she said they had defecated in her flowerpots several times. She was quite concerned. Others said that the woman was known to keep cats but while they were quite annoyed, she had come by to speak with them and had cleand up after the cats.
I had spoken with her this morning and asked her to please keep the cats in or else to feed the cats downstairs. Unfortunately, this cat was smack outside her door. There was also the smell of urine in the area.
I called her (she was not at home) to ask why the cat was still out and she said it was a cat from downstairs.
The complainant wrote back and admitted that he had yelled at the woman, but he said he was angry because she had come down to see what he was doing when he was taking photos of the cats. He said he was not doing anything wrong. I told him that while he was not doing anything wrong by taking the photos, surely she wasn't either to come down and see what he was doing and that should not entail a yelling at.
Furthermore, he is still upset that she made the remarks about the joss paper and the dogs. He asked if she had admitted to making the remarks and I pointed out that in my previous email to him, I had already said she had. In fact, she was unsure why he was upset about this. He claims she is making religious and racial slurs against him but she said it was true - she cannot keep dogs, and so she chooses to look after cats.
He wrote again to say we should concentrate on abuse and not the removal of the cats. He insists it is not a personal issue, and that if the cats were not there, there wouldn't be a problem. However, he insists the woman brings cats into the estate which is why there are always new cats and it's not due to the vacuum effect. He says he will keep complaining.
I just wrote back to say that either he is blaming the cats or he's blaming the woman - he can't have it both ways. If he's saying the woman is to blame, then why is he taking it out on the cats? If it IS the vacuum effect, then it's not the woman's fault - and new cats will keep coming in, which means his 'solution' of removing them will fail.
Furthermore I added that he is killing the cats same as an abuser does.